For Kentucky fans, it’s safe to say we understand how important all of our playmakers are to the Cats’ success. Nationally, however, with Randall Cobb garnering most of the headlines it seems that Derrick Locke can get overlooked despite being just as crucial to Kentucky’s performance as The Legend. Well, there’s at least one other person on these crazy interwebs that agrees, as this writeup from the Red Cup Rebellion (whatever that is) recognizes Locke as one of the conference’s most underrated players:
, Halfback, Kentucky– In a conference dominated by , , and , would it surprise you to know that Kentucky’s Derrick Locke is actually the leading halfback statistically? Locke has 475 yards and five touchdowns so far, putting him at 118.8 yards a game and just a hair behind Auburn’s Cameron newton for the conference’s leading rusher title (Yes, the leading rusher in the SEC is a quarterback. No, this isn’t the 1940’s.). He is also second in the conference with rushing touchdowns, sitting one score behind Lattimore and tied with Newton. Even against Florida, Locke eclipsed the 100 yard mark, so the guy can move the ball even when the ‘Cats struggle.
Locke has been an extremely consistent performer for the Cats during his time here, and it’s a little bit of a shame that he gets lost in the shuffle of Randall Cobb’s awesomeness sometimes. Something tells me, though, that if he continues as the most productive back in a league so chock full of great running backs, the attention he deserves will come. When he lights up Ole Miss for 600 yards and 14 TD’s this weekend, that’ll probably help, too.
Go. Big. Blue.